RSS Feed

How Long Will Fed Chief Bernanke Lead Federal Reserve?

Ben Bernanke has been Federal Reserve chairman for some of the most tumultuous years in the Fed's 100-year history. His second, four-year term expires in January. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about who might succeed Bernanke, and what challenges the new Fed chief might face.

Lawmakers Call For Hearings On IRS Scandal

The IRS scandal hands Republicans an unexpected opportunity to chide the Obama administration. It comes as the GOP's resurrected questions about how top officials, including the president, handled the attack last September in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Netflix To Debut Episodes Of 'Arrested Development'

The fourth season of the show comes more than seven years after Fox canceled it in 2006. Netflix will launch new episodes of Arrested Development later this month.

U.S. Hedge Fund Pressures Sony To Spin Off Entertainment Arm

Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb owns a 6.5 percent stake in the company. In the last 13 years, Sony's stock value has plummeted nearly 85 percent — struggling against electronic rivals like Apple and Samsung.

IRS Controversy Revives Questions About Tax-Exempt Issues

President Obama says it's outrageous that the Internal Revenue Service apparently targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny. Some say there has not been enough scrutiny of groups across the political spectrum that are tax exempt — yet which also advocate political causes.

Justice Department Secretly Obtains AP Phone Records

The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its news gathering. The target of that wrath is the U.S. Justice Department, which secretly collected phone records for several AP reporters last year.

Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

The apple trees are heading for full blossom in Michigan, after a disastrous 2012 crop, when only 15 percent of the apples survived. But this year's harvest is expected to set records, as growers say they've had a chance to update equipment and the trees have stored up extra energy.